SAVANNAH, GA — Dennis Hutton will speak August 24 at the meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council-Georgia Savannah Branch
, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Hutton, the director of Comprehensive Planning at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission
and chairman of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for Healthy Savannah, will discuss the health benefits of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED)-certified schools and how building high-performance schools that are LEED-certified does not cost more than building conventional schools, the article noted.
While it is well-known that LEED schools save energy, experience has also shown that test scores in LEED schools are higher because of reduced absenteeism by teachers and students, the article stated.
According to the article, LEED schools can be built within any existing school budget, generally speaking, so there is no reason not to utilize LEED in school construction and rehabilitation.